Better Late Than Never

On August 15th I started the Orientation Workshop for the University of Phoenix. Here I am, an almost-twenty-five-year-old mother of two and now a freshman in college.

I haven’t done homework in almost seven years. Though, if we’re honest, it’s more like ten years. I just haven’t been assigned homework in seven years.

So far, here are some of the things I’ve learned about being a college student, or at least, participating in an online program for a higher education:

  • There are still incredibly stupid people in your classes.
  • You still have to fabricate inflated responses when you could be so succinct as to answer in 5 words or less.
  • Scheduling time for your schoolwork is a lot more difficult; not only because (I imagine) there are far more demands on your time than there were as a high school student, but because there isn’t even a set time that you’re supposed to attend class.
  • The syllabus is even more important than ever before and it’s quite handy to print it out and keep it as a reference tool.
  • The orientation/informational/instructional videos are extremely lame but also extremely useful.
  • Classroom forums don’t have even an 8th of the functionality that makes other forums or threaded discussion interfaces useful and/or easy to navigate, but somehow being able to use special colors and fonts is a function they do have. (Priorities, right?)
  • Class participation and attendance are far more work than they are in a traditional classroom setting because your responses/activities/whatever are counted and tallied each day to add up to your participation, whereas in a classroom, you could basically snooze your way through that part of your grade via osmosis.
  • Sometimes, reading your classmates responses and posts (since you have to reply to them for credit) will be beyond painful. And to wrap the list up, here’s an example:

This what i think of short texing;will be long texing words is much hard and much slower to get to the point.What you want to say and it is can used for beening code words were are parents or kids and say that we lost are phone they wouldn’t know what were saying.

There really aren’t words for that sort of abuse of the English language. Everyone makes mistakes, but dear god, that is simply atrocious.

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